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Netflix Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
420 Reviews
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility (in 30 reviews)

  • Good Pay & Fact paced work environment (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Netflix makes no secret about it's high performance culture, which results in a very high turnover (in 18 reviews)

  • IT IS LITERALLY TRUE THAT IT IS CULTURE OF FEAR, no matter how talented you are (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    A roller coaster ride of excitement and stress

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary, smart people, great time flexibility, satisfying projects. The company values of freedom and responsibility are really like treating employees like adults and trusting them to execute the best overall decisions for the company, which is effective when enough context is given. Innovation and experimentation is rewarded well and many opportunities for ongoing education are offered.

    Cons

    Internal politics. Lots of blame game behavior played as subtly (yet transparently if you pay attention) as possible. Some managers spend too much time in the code instead of managing their team. I had the experience of offering many recommendations for improving team performance and not having them implemented because the culture here is to just do what you want and either get rewarded hugely or sacked. Management coaching appears to be improving, but inconsistently applied. I've seen people who need to be let go stay on for a long time with many opportunities to change and people who were very competent let go without much warning that they need to change something. I've also seen projects executed that solved the business problems presented but were dropped because management didn't like it rather than some other specific reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not about process, I think Netflix has that correct. Excellent management is about getting problems out of the way of employees so that they can excel and about managing interpersonal conflicts so that a team can leverage one another's strengths to push the team higher than before. I think this element is missing on some teams at Netflix and that there is too much emphasis on daily high performance (important) and little building of loyalty or camaraderie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Things to watch out are to ensure that you always deliver on time and to specification. No excuses.

    Cons

    They lay off at a very short notice and recycle 10% every quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Coordinator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, shuttle, food and respectful professional co-workers. Deliverables are realistic and my manager is very supportive.

    Cons

    I support a lot of people and sometimes the environment can be stressful. So far, everything is manageable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for a Call center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR (US)

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    guaranteed hours, Free Netflix, Great benefits.
    The people that work here are pretty cool

    Cons

    boring work, your job is based on customers saying that they are satisfied with the Netflix experience which really has little to do with you. And you start at 14.hr and that is where you will stay forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are not cattle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Little to no micromanagement. Control and ownership of software components you are responsible for. Exceptional compensation. Incredible vacation policy.

    Cons

    Not for everyone - developers who like working independently and without much guidance will thrive here. Developers who are used to being given specific assignments and lots of structure might crash and burn (and get fired). Extremely stressful working situations at times as you will be responsible for a lot and might not have backup, and potential for very long hours. If you don't have the courage to ask for your vacations you might not get any (no formal vacation policy).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finding the right balance between an unstructured work environment and micromanaging everything is hard, but it's possible that management at NFLX keeps things too much on the unstructured site.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Company I have worked at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Freedom & Responsibility Culture
    - Almost zero politics
    - No Employee Reviews (Hire & keep the best)
    - High Quality co-workers

    Cons

    - Not much except that towards the end, had a useless manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best company I've worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Pretty much the whole cultural deck - highlights are compensation, no micromanagement and the vacation policy.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have any big complaints about working here.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fast paced ,exciting new technologies, pioneers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    No micromanagement
    Get work done - with the Freedom and Responsibility attitude allows flexibility
    Need to be pro-active and self starters and constantly deliver

    Cons

    might be intimidating for anyone not used to working at the fast demanding pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loved the transparency and the faith execs had on each one of us - making us feel we belonged

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not too bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    pay, seemingly lax supervisors. food karts

    Cons

    All of the survey policies got to be overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat folks better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced, intense environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Really smart, motivated, and reliable team members
    -Great salary
    -You'll learn a lot from the people you work with
    -Fantastic product

    Cons

    -Senior management makes decisions without checking in with the SME's within the company.
    -People get fired much faster without much warning. If you have a good manager, you will be happy to have the people who aren't pulling their weight gone quickly without causing too many problems.
    -It's hard to leave the office during the day, if needed. There is a big focus on face time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Before implementing an idea, check with your highly compensated SME's.
    -Make sure you are listening to and keeping a pulse on your customers.
    -Give employees more trust so that the high performers don't constantly feel like they could be fired for any small mistake. This kind of fear leads to a nervous, management pleasing environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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